So, I got the invitation email to join Blog 365. It’s like NaBloPoMo except it lasts all of 2008 instead of just for one month.
My first thought was “No thanks. I want my blog to be, you know, good.”
I felt that NaBloPoMo (two months in my version) was the opposite of helpful in improving the quality of my blog.
Not that I didn’t enjoy NaBloPoMo, but I was definitely relieved when it was over. Not because it was tough to post every day. I could easily post a journal-type entry every day, or a link to some news stories. But even when my blog entries aren’t the best written or best edited, I like to post based on inspiration rather than obligation. My blogging muse is very fickle; the hint of obligation frightens him away!
According to the archives I posted well over 500 times in 2006. In 2007, even with 2 months of NaBloPoMo, I am at 470 or so. Ironically, it’s quite possible I posted less frequently than I might have otherwise during NaBloPoMo. I definitely had a lot of half-written leftovers that I never posted. I kept them in reserve in fear of “dry days.” The unfortunate truth is that I tended to hold back more interesting posts because I wanted to spend more time on them. Clearly, a posting goal is not helpful to me.
The guidelines for Blog 356 are a bit more relaxed vs. NaBloPoMo. It’s OK to them if you don’t actually post every day — for instance, if you’re away from a computer or internet for more than a day and have to write offline. But they’re still hung up on the chronological thing, requesting that you backdate your posts to reflect the day you actually wrote them. Considering I have a healthy average per day post rate, I could easily backdate. But where’s the fun in that?
Some people can definitely benefit from these challenges. Absentee blog owners everywhere, I’m looking at you. Friends of mine are people I know have interesting stuff to say, and I often wish they would put their fingers to the keyboard and let their thoughts fly.
So I look forward to what you might do, should you decide to ramp up your blogging in 2008. I’ll be posting more often than once a day, but won’t sweat the date on the post. And maybe I’ll do NaBlo next year. But maybe not.Posted by James at December 27, 2007 11:51 AM
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